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About The Pianist
Best known as an Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski and based upon the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, The Pianist is the harrowing story of one man's time in the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
This new performance in words and music unfolds against the setting of a disused attic in one of Manchester's most historic buildings. Here, sections of Szpilman's original text are intercut with the ravishing music of Chopin, played by one of the world's leading concert pianists, Mikhail Rudy.
The Pianist is a powerful and true story of suffering, strength and survival that gains extra resonance from the intimate surroundings of the disused attic of the1830 Warehouse at The Museum of Science and Industry, where it will be performed in English for the first time.
Acclaimed British theatre director Neil Bartlett, whose work has been seen at the Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre brings together a leading actor (to be announced) and a rare appearance by award-winning pianist Mikhail Rudy for this thought provoking journey through one man's extraordinary story.
Using words, silence, a grand piano, darkness and light, this beautiful occasion offers the chance to experience - and consider - the true power of music.